The atmosphere was electric and the air was thick with love – love for openness and accessibility to knowledge.
OpenCon, a conference where the global community unites to celebrate the achievements of openness, plan for the future and eulogize the importance and need for open entities to a range of audiences.
I had a remarkable time at the OpenCon where I acquired an in depth knowledge about Open Access, Open Education and Open Data through esteemed keynote speakers, workshops, panel discussions and conference sessions.
Open projects around the globe
I had the opportunity to learn about open projects happening around the globe and picked up lots of ideas. I also had the opportunity to interact with a lot of participants from all over the world and networked with potential organizations and individuals with whom I hope to connect to pace up the open movement in Nepal.
Open Access in Nepal
I acquired an in depth knowledge about Open Access, Open Education and Open Data through esteemed keynote speakers, workshops, panel discussions and conference sessions.
Through OpenCon I received the right set of circumstances to share Open Access Nepal’s work to wider audiences through a panel discussion and also had the suitable chance to exhibit my leadership skills by co-leading a workshop on Fundraising.
OpenCon added a new enthusiasm and energy within me which has given me the strength and courage to keep the Open movement in motion.
Open Access Nepal (OA Nepal) has been successfully organizing advocacy and grassroot campaigns in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. But with time, we felt the strong need of expanding our work outside the capital targeting a larger scale of students and researchers.
Currently, OA Nepal is running a project “Open Access: Greater Reach for Research” wherein we are travelling to major universities of Nepal and some acclaimed colleges. OA Nepal will organize three open events in December 2015. One event will be organized in the capital city whereas the rest of the two events will be organized outside Kathmandu valley.
OA Nepal will start establishing institutional repositories in Nepal from January 2016. We have planned to organize a national conference on Open Access next year. A South Asian Regional Consultation on Open Access will also be organized in March 2016.